Not In Our Town Princeton

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The Challenges of Raising a Black Girl to Feel Beautiful

Christine Michel Carter discusses the strategy she uses with her seven-year-old daughter, Maya.  “My efforts to help her think of black women as beautiful in their own right has included calculated conversations since she was four—because I know the female…

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My ancestor owned 41 slaves. What do I owe their descendants?

John W. Miller’s discovery of an enslaver ancestor led him to grapple with the question of how best to atone.  He considers different current efforts other enslaver descendants have tried and offers economist William Darity’s description of “white acts of…

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PHS Science Teacher Joy Barnes-Johnson: “Embellish Every Day With Laughter”

Teacher and Not in Our Town Princeton facilitator, Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson was awarded the 2019 NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human and Civil Rights award.  While they neglected to mention the award and her co-teaching the first Princeton High…

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These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, a queer, black feminist author, Julia Roxanne Wallace, and Courtney Reid-Eaton responded to the unavailability of black feminist texts in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina by creating a bookmobile by transforming an Airstream trailer into what…

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‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools

With New York City schools system one of the most segregated in the country, some black parents are choosing an alternative to integration.  Eliza Shapiro writes “Afrocentric schools aim to empower black children in ways that traditional schools in America…

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